Backpackers of the Drakensberg: Sani Pass & Inkosana Lodge

When visiting the Drakensberg Mountains, my friend and I stayed at two separate backpackers aka hostels that were amazing. Both had cozy rooms with common spaces that had fireplaces for warmth on those cold winter nights. One had cats and puzzles while the other had dogs and magazines.

Sani Pass Backpackers and Lodge

The first place we stayed, Sani Pass Backpackers, was chosen for its proximity to the infamous Sani Pass. It is located at the bottom of the pass in KZN. It isn’t full of frills, but it does have a very cozy common space with a fireplace that goes all night. Plus there are a couple of puzzles and if you’re like us you can do one at a corner table exclaiming the whole time about how pieces must be missing. The others will scowl at you, but you’ll have a great time. The views from this backpackers are incredible and there is a restaurant serving up dinner including dessert every night.

The Sani Pass Backpackers at sunset

Sani Pass Backpackers in the Drakensberg

Sani Pass Lodge and Backpackers View

View from the back deck of Sani Pass Backpackers

View from the common room at Sani Pass Lodge and Backpackers

The cosy interior of Sani Pass Backpackers. It includes views!

Inkosana Lodge

The second place we stayed came highly recommended by some other expats I met here and after staying there I can see why. Inkosana Lodge is magical, incredible, and oh so lovely. There is a HUGE common room with old stove fireplace, comfy chairs, and magazines. They even have a stereo system so music plays while you are in there. The ground are incredible with tons of braai areas and Adirondack chairs for lounging under the clear skies staring at stars. We stayed in a rondavel with a rain flow shower head that is 10x better than my home shower (which honestly wouldn’t take much since my water is often not warm and comes out like a weak trickle). The rondavels have a communal kitchen that is well stocked and cleaned by the staff. There is a natural pool, mountains views, and cute dogs to pet. Finally, they have delicious food options. Each night you can order dinner from them. While they cancelled it the night we were, the breakfast was so incredible that I can only imagine how awesome their dinners are. Don’t believe check out all the photos!

Rondavels and Chairs, Inkosana Lodge

Rondavels and people lounging in Adirondack chairs on a warm winter day at Inkosana Lodge

Rondavel 5, Inkosana Lodge

Rondavel 5, our home at Inkosana Lodge

Wood burning stove and Dog, Inkosana Lodge

The cozy interior of the common space at Inkosana Lodge complete with a woodstove and a dog

Deck and Pool, Inkosana Lodge

The natural pool at Inkosana Lodge

The Secret Garden, Inkosana Lodge

The views from the secret garden at Inkosana Lodge in the Drakensberg

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